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 Volume 13, Issue 45
November 7, 2018
In the News
  • The Wall Street Journal ran a long essay from Encore's CEO Marc Freedman adapted from his book, How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations. The article includes a mention of Generations United's report with The Eisner Foundation. Read Marc's piece.
  • Energy Times magazine ran a piece on connecting generations to overcome loneliness and isolation. The story quotes Donna Butts. Read the article.
Two days left! Submit to Present at our 2019 Conference
Submit your proposal to present at Generations United's 20th Global Intergenerational Conference, co-hosted by Bridge Meadows! We are currently seeking proposals for conference educational sessions that will enhance the intergenerational field's capacity for developing practices, programs, and policies that benefit individuals of all ages, strengthen families, and build more cohesive and caring communities throughout the world. Extended Deadline: Nov. 9. Learn more.
November is National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
As part of our work in elevating and strengthening Native American Grandfamilies, Generations United teamed up with the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) and the Center for Native American Youth to produce a fact sheet on how youth benefit from culturally-relevant services and prioritizing relatives and tribal placements for those who can't remain with their parents. Learn more.
Cool Ideas
Befriending Week 2018
Today marks the last day of Befriending Week in the UK. The celebration, which runs Nov. 1-7, is part of the government's loneliness strategy to highlight that people of all ages experience loneliness and can help reduce it through intergenerational connections. This year's themes is "Befriending Builds Communities," which includes organizations sharing stories, pictures and quotes from their events, volunteers and "befriendees" about the impact of all ages making friends. See Befriending Networks' resources.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration.
2018 Eisner Prize
Congrats to Marc Freedman and!
The Eisner Foundation announced last week that our Strategic Advisor Marc Freedman and the organization he leads,, will be this year's recipients of the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. The Prize, which Generations United received in 2015, includes a $100,000 cash gift in recognition of an exceptional individual or non-profit organization that unites multiple generations to bring about positive, lasting changes in their communities. Learn more.
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Culture United
Marjorie Prime
Marjorie Prime is an American science-fiction film set in the future beyond 2050. In the movie (based on Jordan Harrison's play of the same name) there's a service called Prime, which was initially designed to aid individuals with Alzheimer's by creating holographic projections of deceased family members in order to "feed" them with memories as well as storing others, so they can "retell" them back in case the individual forgets them. Prime also helps the living cope with the loss of and learn from deceased family members. Later in the film, Jon brings Tess' granddaughter to meet Tess Prime because she never met the real Tess while she was alive due to Tess' estrangement from her daughter. Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions? Share them with us and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. We welcome responses or reactions. We'll possibly feature them on our blog. See disclaimer.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for the contributions. Together,  we are building a world that values all generations!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society . If you're an organization,  join us !
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. An initiative of the Bruner Foundation, the Award discovers and celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design along with their social and economic contributions to our nation's cities .. The Gold Medal winner will receive a $50,000 award, and four Silver Medal winners will receive $10,000 each. Deadline: Dec. 12, 2018. Learn more

Pop Up Rapid Response Grants. The Pop Culture Collaborative have grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 for organizations working to build movements, drive campaigns, produce stories, and leverage media and entertainment mediums to drive positive narrative and social change in popular culture. Funded projects must impact, support, or engage people of color, immigrants, refugees, or Muslims. Deadline: on a rolling basis. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic (Updated).  The amended report shows that -- overall -- foster care systems are relying more on grandparents and other relatives to care for children when their parents cannot. The report includes recommendations on how to connect grandfamilies to the same supports and services that traditional unrelated foster families receive. Learn more

All In Together: Creating Places Where Young And Old Thrive. This new report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation  includes the findings of two national surveys, profiles of model programs and recommendations for how we can increase the number of intergenerational shared sites .   Learn more .
Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. New Orleans, LA. April 15-18, 2019.  Learn more .

20th Global Intergenerational Conference.  Generations United and Bridge Meadows.  Portland, OR. June 12-14, 2019. Learn more
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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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